Dental Bonding

shutterstock_210992581Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth to restore or improve person’s smile. Please click on the link below to learn more.

Dental bonding is an option to:
• Repair chipped or cracked teeth
• Improve the appearance of discolored teeth
• Close spaces between teeth
• Make teeth look longer
• Change the shape of teeth

What’s the Procedure for Having a Tooth Bonded?

• Preparation. Minimal preparation is needed for dental bonding. Anesthesia is often not necessary. Your dentist will use a shade guide to select a composite resin color that will closely match the color of your teeth.
• The bonding process. Next, the surface of the tooth will be prepared and a conditioning liquid applied. These procedures help the bonding material adhere to the tooth. The tooth-colored resin is then applied, molded, and smoothed to the desired shape. An ultraviolet light or laser is then used to harden the material. After the material is hardened, your dentist will further trim and shape it as needed, and polish it to match the rest of the tooth surface.
• Time. Dental bonding is completed in one visit.

What Are the Advantages of Dental Bonding?

Although dental bonding may not be the best option for every situation it is among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures because it can usually be done in one office visit and no lab work is needed. Another advantage, compared with veneers and crowns, is that the least amount of tooth enamel is removed. Also, anesthesia is usually not required. Your dentist will help to determine if you are a good candidate for bonding.